Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Socks are done.
Bear Hat is done.
Baby hat done but lost somewhere. Going to knit a new one.
Thumb gusset on gloves is started.
Got some lovely pictures of the recipient of the blanket playing with it.
I love knitting.
This weekend was fun. We went out dancing at the Frog and Frigate as Mel was down from Coventry for the weekend. I love the secret club nature of the Frog and Frigate. Students don't really know about it, it's off the beaten track and friends of my parents went when they were young. You dance on the tables, swill bear and sing along to classics with the words changed appropriately. You swing dance with your friends and make the guitarist laugh.
On the Saturday, I got up leisurely, and then had probs with the trains. They were running on time, but in a stupid fashion meaning there were no direct trains to Winchester. So Tom was lovely and gave me a lift there. So I did eventually make it to the City Museum for my afternoon of volunteering. I was in the old Tobacco Shop, a shop interior moved from the High St when the shop was sold. All the Victorian fixtures and fittings and alot of it's stock were moved lock stock and barrel into the museum. It's lovey to sit surrounded by the pretties and listen to people come in and reminice about which brands were smoked by their grandad or their dad. Smoking is such a no - no these days and for good reason, so you forget how much it was part of people's lives and identities.
Later on the Saturday after a quick catch up with my very good friend Tim and his girlfriend, we had a takeaway night here at the Palace. It was great to sit talking with our lovely friends and relax and catch up. I love the way Mel slipped into her old ways. It was like she never went away.
Today I have been entertaining again with my housemates. My godson and his family came for lunch. Ruth and James bought some very nice wine and some yummy puddings and much fun was had by all. I had a quick jaunt to the park with Ollie, Harvey's big brother when all the boring talking grown ups got too much. I particularly enjoyed playing trains on the roundabout!
I think my favourite bit of the weekend was preparing for lunch today. I was stood in my lovely kitchen, chopping away at reall good veg for a salad and listening to Desert Island Discs.
I felt like it was a party. I was chatting to Mel and cooking and being busy. I felt like how I remember my mum when she was getting ready for people coming round on Sunday lunch. I felt like this house was home. Really home. It was wonderful.
Right bed time now!
Friday, November 21, 2008
...Today was manic at work. Whole new email marketing email campaign and accompanying products by 5:30pm! So busy!
When I got in Amy complimented me on my outfit.
"Thanks, I love my company shirt, it's like a school uniform. It's nice to not to have to think what to wear in the mornings"
A short time passes
Amy: "Wait! I don't either - I have a uniform, I'm a nurse"
Alex: "Come and help me choose what to wear"
Amy:"Only if you come help me have a showe...wait... That's not right!"
I love her!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
because it had been so horrendously genetically modified in a lab that it had taken on almost human-like intelligence. Growing up in the lab, among hippy scientists and political idealists talking about the socialist revolution and liberation he thought one day, one day, he would have his freedom. Later that year, in an act of civil defiance within the chicken coop, he refused to eat the chicken feed alloted to him. As the scientists opened the cage to seize the dissident chicken, he pecked him in the eye and liberated his brothers and sisters. However, the real world was not what the chicken had expected. The rampant commercialism he saw upon his release disillusioned the young chicken to the extent that he decided to take his own life. Rising in the morning, at his usual time at 6 a.m., he leaned over and kissed his wife delicately upon the cheek, a solitary tear running down his eye as he imagined the child he knew he would never meet. The chicken stepped into the cold London morning, the frost chaffing his cheeks, the sleet crashing against his breast. Taking one step onto the busy dual-carriageway, he closed his eyes and imagined heaven....
It was awesome on Monday night. A select few friends, beautiful silver shoes from my shopping trip, chatting and laughing and jokes. Tom never looked so handsome across the table. Amy twinkled in her new top and John and Peter threaded anacedotes through the conversation like beads on ribbons.
I didn't want to go home but bed called.
Tuesday saw ballroom with Tom after work in which we learnt the tango and the chacha. I could take or leave the chacha, a rumba with quick extra steps, but something about the tango really worked for Tom and I. The tension between the bodies and the moving the woman outside the man reminded me of dances past, and my kinaesthetic memory kicked in.
The scariest bit is always when we dance through the steps with the teacher, and she knows I'm a dancer, and she'll have a chat with me as we dance. I panic and think I'm going to forget the steps, but my feet always seem to know what they're doing.
Tonight I caught up with Sarah and she signed the convoluted pieces of paper I needed to prove I existed to get a bank account. She's a nurse and so could be classed as a professional certified person. I've not seen her for a very long time so it was nice to catch up. Then I went to SCM and listened to Bishop Paul of Southampton talk about contemporary envangelism. SCM being SCM there was plenty of debate after, and the playing games involving picking up card baord boxes with your teeth, but with out using your hands and keeping both feet on the floor. The box got less tall each time, and I managed to pick up a flat bit of card. Very pleased with my bendy self.
Monday, November 17, 2008
They have threatened to send the debt collectors round over a £20 bill that I have never recieved!
Here's the summary. Add to it at least 10 phonecalls since July, four of which occurred today.
"I am writing to complain that BT is harrassing me for payment of a bill on an account that I did not ask to be set up, for a product I could not use. I thought after receiving the refund detailed in the emails below, my account with BT had been completely closed. However on the 24th of October I recieved a letter from a debt collection agency for a bill for an account number different to the one I had on my online account, which showed I had paid all my bills. I rang both the debt collection agency and BT to ask what was going on, and was told by one of BT's customer service agents that another accoutn had been opened in my name when the line hat BT had misteakenly disconnected early was reconnected. I was also told during this phonecall that the outstanding amount was for the BT Broadband Talk product.
This is a complete joke as when BT reconnected my line I was told that the broadband could not be reconnected for a month. So then why was I paying for a broadband product I could not use and had abosolutely no way of using?
I need you to contact me as soon as possible to explain why there are two accounts in my name, why BT has sent me two cheques refunding for one account, and are threatening me with court action via debt collector for a lesser amount on each of the cheques you have sent me, for a product I did not ask for and had not way of using. Please can you clarify this issue because I wish resolve it quickly. I do not expect to be threatened with court action when I have already overpaid for you services and have tried on numerous occasions to resolve this issue to no avail.
>Dear Miss Jones,
Thank you for your e-mail dated 7/10/08 regarding the credit balance on your final bill.
As requested, I have arranged a cheque to be sent to your current address for the credit balance on your final bill amount £37.20. You will receive this cheque within 14 days to the current address mentioned in your last email.
If you have any further enquiries on your final bill amount or anything else please reply to me via email.
You will shortly receive a survey via e-mail asking you how I dealt with your enquiry today. I would love to hear you feedback to help me improve my customer service skills further and would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey.
Thank you for contacting BT.
eContact Customer Service
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Original Message Follows:
Thank you for your response.
My current address is:
Thank you for getting this sorted out for me.
2008/10/7 Residential Billing
> Dear Miss Jones,
> Thank you for your e-mail dated 06/10/08 about the final bill amount.
> I am sorry to know that the reconnection charges were wrongly applied on
> your final bill. I assure you that all the adjustments have been made on
> your account and the amount has already been refunded towards your account
> and as a result, there is a credit balance on your account of £37.20.
> I would request you to kindly send your current address to me so that I can
> send the refund cheque of £37.20 to you.
> Once again, I apologise Miss Jones, for the delay and the trouble you faced
> in getting this matter sorted out.
> If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me again
> via e-mail.
> Thank you for contacting BT.
> Yours sincerely,
> Mudassir Mehboob
> eContact Customer Service
> Ref: 19048598
> British Telecommunications plc Registered office: 81 Newgate Street London
> EC1A 7AJ Registered in England no. 1800000. This electronic message contains
> information from British telecommunications plc which may be privileged or
> confidential. The information is intended to be for the use of the
> individual(s) or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient
> be aware that any disclosure copying, distribution or use of the contents of
> this information is prohibited. If you have received this electronic message
> in error, please notify us by telephone or email immediately.
> Activity and use of the British Telecommunications plc email system is
> monitored to secure its effective operation and for other lawful business
> purposes. Communications using this system will also be monitored and may be
> recorded to secure effective operation and for other lawful business
> For BT's privacy and security policy for web and email usage, for pricing
> information, and for our terms and conditions, please visit www.bt.com.
> Original Message Follows:
> Feedback from: Miss Alexandra Jones (contact number 02380552343 )
> Telephone Number: 02380552343
> Account Number: ST67305603
> Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Customer Comments:
> Account number :ST67305603
> Telephone Number:02380552343
> I have received a final bill for this account. In June of this year, I rang
> up to say that my housemates and I would be leaving the house and so needed
> to cancel the account at the end of July. I was told that this would be fine
> and that the account would close on the last day of July.
> The account was closed on the last day of June. We needed the phone for the
> month of July, so I rang up and was told that the phone line would be turned
> on again for July and that as it was BT's error, we would not have to pay
> connection charges.
> However, connection charges were added to our bill which we refused to pay
> having been told that we did not have to.
> I paid a final bill, Bill number Q005 B& , Bill date 08 Jul 2008, Total
> now due ??94.39. I thought that that was the end of that.
> However you have got in contact with me again saying I owe you even more
> money. I spoke to someone on the phone last week, and they again said that
> we would not have to pay any connection charges only the line rental and
> calls for the month of July. Nevertheless the bill I received shows
> connection charges for up to October, and does not breakdown the call
> charges at all.
> I will not pay until I have seen a breakdown for the calls in July 2008,
> and I will not pay any connection charges or line rental other than line
> rental for July 2008.
> Reference Number: 081006-003235
> Preferred contact: No Preference
> BT Email Address:
> Account Holder: 56
> Alternative contact number: xxxxxxxxxxx
> Previously related enquiry: 67
> Existing BT customer:
> Offer reference:
> Enquiry relates to:
> Problem area:
> Problem start date:
> Order Number:
> Post code:
> Fault reference:
The details of your complaint have now been sent to our Complaints Team and an acknowledgement email will be sent to you shortly.
Your reference number: 081116-002366"
It turns out that the outstanding debt is for the call charges for July. I shall not be paying this until I have seen a copy of the bill, and BT will supposedly be calling off the debt collectors until I have a seen a copy of the bill. I think it stupid that they should be refunding me of there is money owing. Surely it makes sense to take what I owe from the refund?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Sitting on the train from Southampton to Waterloo alternately head in book and gazing out the window, I thought long and hard. I thought about friends and food, how people eat with you for a while and then leave your table.I thought about Christmas and family and thankfulness and celebration. I thought about joy and hope and beginnings.
I like the smell of the tube, of hot people and underground air. I like disappearing in the crowd and the siren son of the tracks. I like dipping in and out of London as I travel on elsewhere. I like the thrill of nearly missing your stop.
The journey from Blackfriars to Bedford was all new and all exciting. The train was battered and laid out all higgledypiggledy to help squeeze commuters home. I hopped on the slow train my mistake and then was glad of it when the fast train turned out to be much delayed. Tim and Megan met me at the station and it was all smiles and hellos.
They had bought me lovely slippers to warm my toes and box of beads and borrwed a bed for me. I felt so very welcomed. We talked into the night over curry and whiskey with ginger beer.
On the Saturday - after bacon sandwhiches made by Tim - we went into Milton Keynes to shop a little. It is one of the oddest places I have been, the tree lined suburbs with little ring roads round them giving way to a vast concrete centre of shopping and entertainment. The flatness of the landscape gives the impression of all things converging on a temple of commerce. There are no landmarks, nothing to navigate by. Without T and M I would have been horribly lost.
I bought christmas presents and we lunched and watched Bond. It is no hardship to look upon Daniel Craig's visage twice! That evening after scrubbing up we went to the Orchid Lounge at Jaipur for very posh Thai food. It was decadent, opluent and delicious. They garnished the desserts with orchid blooms. I loved how easily conversation came to us all, it being only the third time we have met in real life, the two other times being T and M's wedding and a summer afternoon in London.
The emails of Tim and I crossed in the ether after we both wrote articles for the magazone of the NAGC. We corresponded via email and msn for years. I think we almost talk everyday. It's a wonderful example of how modern techonology brings people together.
The Sunday saw more present buying and talking and fun. It was so hard to say good bye, I could have stayed all week. If you're reading guys, thank you very much.
I met up with Tom and Toddy and John and Andy and Rhiannon in London where they had been having a weekend of fun and frolics. It was nice not to travel home alone.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I have some heather purple yarn I've been wasting in a pattern of my own creation. I think it could work beautfully in this.
She's going to take so much yarn but I'd really love to make her. She's definately a her, with that amazing flower.
I need to finish a bear hat and the christmas gloves I'm knitting before I think of anything else. Oh and weave in the ends in the christmas socks. And finish some baby hats and booties...Oh well! I'm off to see Tim and Megan today in Olney so I'll have plenty of time to knit on the train.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
but saw this today:
Randall, whilst perfect in every other way, is American and therefore looks at the world incorrectly. Every one know the world map should look like this:
The terminology comes from the age when we Brits had an empire and therefore would be the centre of attention on any map.
Oh those were the days.... when T.P.L.A.C's * had a common enemy in Britain and therefore weren't busy fighting amongst themselves or even with themselves!
* See Yes Minister.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
|NaBloPoMo 10: My House!|| ||Monday, November 10, 2008|
Today work just flew by, and I was soon home again, relaxing when Lula turned up. I'd forgotton she was coming round. We went for swim and a sauna at my gym and I trotted around Tescos with her to get some food for her later.After that I though ooh - you lot haven't seen my new house yet, so here are some pictures:
This is the down stairs bath room with it's awesome shower that squirts you from all directions.
This is the kitchen from both directions - with the lovely lovely lovely dishwasher sticking out and the not so lovely huge boiler.
This is my living room from the four corners with lots of Lula.
The lovely Amy's room. It's always like a palace.
We interupt this tour to bring you Lula eating chinese!
Up the stairs...
...to the upstairs bathroom!
It has a lovely shower.
The sink, which is clean!
Onto the landing...
..and into my lovely lovely room...!
I've just realised I've forgotten to get a picture of Andy's room, oh well.. I'll see about getting one later...
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Ahh the great slip begins.
It began with a morning at Thirza's hairdressing and chatting away. I love our weekly regular catch up. I also went through which fabric I wanted from Fabricland as she was placing an order with them. I have some black and white check coming for Amy as I'm going to make her a dress, some cream cotton and some of the butterfly cotton that lines my birthday dress to make a duvet cover set for my bed and some bottle green fabric to make a big circle skirt for myself.
After that I came home on lunched chatting away to Charley and my housemates. Charley's parents own the house we rent and Charley used to live here when she was at university. It was interesting seeing her reaction to how we've changed the place about a bit. It was Yoga for the first time later that afternoon.
I found the chanting at the beginning and the end of the class a bit odd and the way the teacher was quite hands on with correcting you was a bit unnerving. However it was just so relaxing. I came away feeling on top of the world. A great setup for the evening. I got myself ready for the 1940s dance in my birthday dress, my laddered seam stockings and did my hair up in big rolls. But before we could go to the dance we had to go to a fireworkd party at my auntie and uncles.
We got a bit lost going to Hythe as I assumed Tom knew how to get to Hythe and he assumed I knew where I was going. I got bit het up about it all, as I'm crap with directions and couldn't dicipher the ones given by my uncle when we rang for help. We did get there in the end and the fireworks were very nice. We scarfed down our chilli and drove through the pouring rain to the dance. It was at this point I decided with Tom that when faced with more than one social opportunity it's best to pick one.
The dance was great. Whilst we'd missed the wartime tea, we arrived in time for the free ballroom dance. Everyone else had been taught a simplified version of the social foxtrot Tom and I have been learning at ballroom classes. So we had a bash at that, and later on in the night we were taught some swing dancing. It was all rather fun. There was a fab big band and singers.
Toms and I rounded up the evening with fruit salad and elderflower presse. All in all a really nice day.
Today I have been being a Godmother to Harvey Brian Snook, the baby son of my dear friends Ruth and James. Lots of university people came to the christening so it was a bit of reunion, and as my mum and Ruth hit it off when they came down for a craft weekend, my family were there too. It was a nice baptism, in the middle of the Remeberence Sunday service. Lots of nice jingoistic hymns that everyone knew the words to, and a full church. Ruth had organised a bring and share lunch after so we add had a good chat over sandwiches quiche and cake. It wouldn't be a church event without quiche. Ruth looked positively radiant in a lovely purple and grey outfit, every inch the charming young mother. Harvey's christening gown was a family heirloom, and he seemed fairly content wearing a dress. I'm just about to eat my slice of Christening cake now, before going off to the gym to work it off.
Now here's some pictures:
These two are by Peter
Friday, November 07, 2008
Going over Horseshoe Bridge I had to stop for a moment and just look a bit. All around me fireworks were going off in a clear night sky and they were reflected in the water of the Itchen. The lights of the riverside flats were twikling in the water, joined by the neon of the signs of the industrial parks and the pinpricks of port and starboard from boats.
I wondered as I cycled, how the soundscape I found myself in compared to that of Southampton in WW2. Trains rushing, boat horns sounding, amublance sirens and the explosions of fireworks. In the half light it seemed eerie somehow. The houses I shot past are a mix of victorian terrace and gaps filled with more modern buildings. Did bombs fall here? Is that what made the space for these pvc coated pale imitations?
It has been a wearisome week. Hopefully the session at the gym this morning will make me sleepy enough to actually sleep tonight.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I was a very good girl today. I got up and went swimming for 20 mins before work. It’s great when I do this as I actually manage to be awake by the time I get to work.
Work was worky, but I spent the whole day looking forward to the ballet. Last week Amy and I went to see Sleeping Beauty performed by the ENB at the Mayflower. We loved it so much, we got tickets for Manon this week along with Tom, Martin, Su and Nick. Manon is quite a sexy dramatic ballet about a courtesan who is sold to a rich old man, but is in love with a penniless student. Lots of lust, greed and crimes of passion.
The two leads were danced by Agnes Oakes and Thomas Edur. It was interesting actually seeing their faces as whilst I’ve seen them dance before, last night Nick had bought his high powered binoculars. I could see very pretty hand gesture, every longing look. Edur is amazing, so expressive and very good looking too!
I also really enjoyed some of the more modern choreography used throughout. There were some really interesting lifts with dancers sliding along the floor under each others legs, and at one point Oakes whilst being lifted above Edur’s head was flipped over by another dancer pulling her lower leg over her head. There was some very contemporary style choreography in the last act where the two lover’s had been deported to
Roll on the next ballet!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tom had spent an awful lot of money on fireworks, and he, John and Nick had creatively arranged them to go off in combinations. Some of them were boneshakingly loud. There were sparklers too and marshmallows to toast over the fire.
I do love this most English Eccentric of festivals. We're celebrating a Catholic terrorist plot to overthrow the government being foiled. In this case, a group of Catholics, Protestants and Jews and assorted hangers on, are celebrating with fireworks, bonfire, party food and mulled apple juice whilst pirate DVDs are burnt in lieu of a Guy.
The highlight of my evening was the bath in the bath set in the garden, in water heated by Bertha, a stove made from an oil can. I lay steaming with the night sky above me counting other people's fireworks.
Now I must sleep. But I will be dreaming of smoke and cordite and sparkles reflected in people's eyes.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I have so many of these.
Work has been at that odd level of busy where there's not enough interesting work to keep your mind occupied, but enough to keep you rushed off your feet. Yesterday that did not help with feeling quite so low. Cycling home was fun, all in the dark and being among a crowd of commuters.
When I got in, I had more of the bad day - ness, where in having enjoyed my gym session I was informed my lift for girls night wasn't coming. I went home to find a bus time table and couldn't, then in my tidying up didn't put something ontop of my wardrobe properly. This promptly fell off, hit the glass of water my my bed and knocked my bedside table. Fortunately, the glass did not smash, though everything was soaked.
So I gave up on girls night. I tidied my room a bit and painted a bit more on the wooden toy boxes I have been decorating for my cousins. This one is all boy things, diggers trucks and cars. I have a tiny bit left to do, and then I have to paint one like a pirate chest. The one I have already completed is a fantastic mix of dinosaurs and disney princesses. Poor Andy having to bear the brunt of my grumpiness!
The upshot of it is that in my tidying up I found my passport which I had mislaid and a bar of chocolate I bought in France and had forgotten all about. That cheered me up no end. Tom also came round later and it was nice to chat to him all evening. He was trying on the 1040s army uniform we've borrowed from my gran and uncle for him to wear to the 1940s dance at high field church this weekend. I'm going to wear my birthday dress.
The gym was odd. I enjoyed it, but I was very self concious about being huge compared to all these other bodies. I'm looking forward to going tonight which will be 20 mins of weights then 20 mins of cardio and then possibly a swim.
I also have ballroom dancing tonight which I'm really really looking forward to. Last week we did the quickstep and the samba. The advanced teacher noticed my tidy feet and sussed me out as not quite an actual beginner. Which is very very true. I did some ball room in the first year of uni, and it's so much fun to be dancing again. I just kind of forget and I move and it's lovely. I'm going to start swing dancing in January as my Christmas present to myself. I just love to move. I want to get my mum to buy me some ballroom shoes for Christmas so I can be really pro at this!
Monday, November 03, 2008
Visually it was stunning. A wonder ochre based pallette permeated all the cinematography. I also loved the visceral use of noise and sound. When Bond got hit, you heard crunches of bone and splatters, making it all so much more real. These details were wonderful.
Unfortunately, the overall plot was a bit dull. The villian whilst deliciously postmodern in being a corrupt environmentalist, wasn't nasty enough for me to care. You got the feeling you were being set up for the next couple of films which is fine.
My favourite thing of the whole film was the scenes with dialogue between M and Bond. I hope there's more of that in the next few films.
Today has been marred by tiredness, mainly due to a very late night sobbing into my pillow. I'm having a horrible low spell. Tom was very nice, sat stroking my hair and saying I'm going to be fine. Which I'm sure I am, as I've done this before and I've come out the other side. However, being in the middle of it makes me feel almost physically sick. It's the paranoid anxiousness that does it.
But to borrow from the psychoanalysis world: What am I feeling? Anxiousness. Why am I feeling this? Because there is a chemical imbalance in my brain. Am I going to allow myself to feel this way? No, because it is unfounded and unproductive.
I'm sure my gym session and a night in with the girls will help immensely.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
A leisurely shower followed and communal watching of season 4 of House as Tom cooked breakfast for us all. It was a very nice breakfast.
I spent a long time knitting this afternoon. It's been a long time since I've just sat and knitted for a few hours. I've been working on a men's version of Fetching for Peter for Christmas as per his request in dark red. I know there is Dashing, but they didn't quite fit the bill.
After that I went to join the gym round the corner from my house and now I am sat watching the F1 with my house mates, Jess who's come down for the evening, and Lula. Hamilton appears to have come fifth having been sixth at the penultimate corner, and won the championship. I didn't realise he is going out with the singer from the Pussycat Dolls. I wonder how they met. Now there is a discussion about whether Glock got out of his way on purpose or not. Very dramatic finish.
After dinner Tom and I are going to see the new Bond film. It's not had very good reviews, but I'll keep you informed.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Today started fairly badly about 11am when I didn't get up in time to go to Thirzas for our weekly hairdressing date. I'd been to the ballet at the Mayflower the night before to see Sleeping Beauty, left my phone on silent and therefore couldn't hear the alarms I'd set to make sure I got there on time.
Once I got there I spent a happy few hours chatting away before going on to Tom's house to drop off my stuff before Space Cricket. It started raining again at this point. This will be important later. Toddy had made amazing Space Cricket glasses from tin foil and cling film.
Space Cricket will need some explaining. Tom's friends whilst at college started playing cricket in January with a ball of sellotape and a bottle of water for a bat. It now happens at irregular intervals when they are all in the same vicinity.
We went off to the park to play, the rain appearing to hold off, but the cold still bitter. After the first team's innings, the rain came down very heavily and it got colder and colder. The bat went flying when people were trying to hit the ball. i got out very quickly on purpose, fell over spectacularly in the mud and went off to Tescos with Jon to buy ingredients for soup for 10.
We only spent £5 on ingredients and bread rolls which was impressive and I made up vegetable soup. Friend onions, potato, parsnips, carrot and tomatos all whizzed up made a very nice thick soup and it seemed to go down very well. After everyone had dried out a bit, they went home and Tom made dinner whilst Martin and I worked on the Jabba the Hut costume for the party that evening!
The costume turned out very well. A superstructure of hula hoops, garden canes, tent poles and duct tape went underneath a cover made of two kingsized sheets, painted to look like Jabba. I wore my Princess Leia costume from last year and we made quite the stir.
The party was at Abi and Moina's house and was great fun, with apple bobbing and donut on a string eating games. The most fun game was the cake of flour with a 50p in it. We all had to cut slices out of it, and the slice that caused teh cake to collapse and the 50p to fall had to retreive it using their mouth. Marmaduke cut the fateful slice. We went back about midnight - 1am, watched bit of house, then retired to bed.